Yesterday, I harvested all of my onions.
Here is a portion of my harvest…
Despite the never-ending presence of weeds in my onion patch, I ended up having a decent onion crop. Throughout the spring, I have been plucking onions here and there to use on an as-needed basis.
I wish this arrangement would work for the remainder of the growing season. But it doesn’t.
Right about the time the bulb just begins to disconnect from the green stalk, I know it’s time to harvest.
If the stalk disconnects from the bulb, the onion bulb will soon soften in the ground and decompose.
But if I harvest everything when the stalk is still strong enough to sustain a strong tug without breaking away from the bulb, I can cut off the green tops and store them.
I can even get the kids to help with the chore of cutting. They are pretty much game for anything that involves sharp objects and destruction.
The onion on the right has a good cut for storing. The onion on the left is a little too close to the bulb for long-term storage. This onion will need to be used much sooner.
Once the onions have been cut, I let them dry, cut side down on a wire rack in a cool, dry place until I need them. Here, I’ve set up an old wire grill between two blocks. Not real fancy, but it will do the job.
Stored like this, the onions will usually last for several months.